2017 Major Softball All Stars Highlights
Back to Back State Champions!!!!!!
How Sweet it is as once again your hometown Columbus Softball girls are State Champions. The Columbus Softball Major All Stars once again battled it out in Seguin to bring the championship back to Columbus. Columbus Little League has been represented at the state tournament for the last 3 years with the Minor Softball girls taking the state title in 2016. This is an amazing group of girls that consist of Kayli Alley, Madyson Carter, Karlee Mathis, Mayson Post, Tabatha Alford, Molly Olivarez, Alina Houghland, Isabel Kainer, Bethany Deleon, Kenzie Heffley, Audrey Potter, Ally Tribe, and Bailey Gustus. The team is Managed by John Henry Post, and coached by Brandon Mathis and David Olivarez. It took a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication from the girls, coaches, parents, families, board members, and the wonderful community of Columbus. The following is a breakdown of the girl’s journey through the state tournament:
The Columbus Major Softball All-Star team played four district games in order to capture the title as District Champions. They beat Washington County 7-1, Hempstead 16-0, Weimar 2-0, and Weimar again in the championship game 6-4. The team finished District play with a run differential of 31-5 and a team batting average of .391. The pitching staff concluded district play with 34 strikeouts and an earned run average of .818.
During Sectional play, the team played 3 games going undefeated and capturing the title as Sectional Champs. They beat Bryan United 15-2, Elgin 18-0, and Bryan United again 10-0 in the championship game. They finished sectional play with a 43-2 run differential and a team batting average of .403. The pitching staff combined for 21 strikeouts and 2 total runs allowed.
The Columbus girls played 3 games in the state tournament before eventually becoming crowned as the state champions. They beat last year’s rival Huffman 10-0, and beat Ganado 11-1 to put them into the championship game undefeated. Ganado’s team worked their way back from the loser’s bracket setting up a rematch from earlier in the tournament. The Columbus girls proved to be too much to handle by beating Ganado again 6-1 in the State Championship game. The team finished the state tournament with a team batting average of .378. The pitching staff was stellar once again only allowing only 2 runs, had 22 strikeouts, and an ERA of .400 during the tournament.
The Columbus Major Softball team finished all-star tournament play through the state tournament with a record of 10-0. The team put up a whopping 101 runs while only allowing 9. While piling up the runs, the team managed to run rule their opponents 6 out of the 10 games played. The team batting average during tournament play was an outstanding .391, while the team combined for 93 hits. Out of the 93 hits, the team managed to slug out 65 singles, 20 doubles, and 8 triples. The pitching staff devastated their opponents racking up 77 strikeouts and only allowing 9 runs. This team is full of heart and desire with a work ethic that is unmatched by any team. Their heart, desire, teamwork, and work ethic has earned them a spot in the Southwest Regional Tournament to represent the wonderful state of Texas. During this tournament, your Columbus softball girls will be competing against Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas and the other Texas representative from Texas West. The tournament begins on Thursday, July 27th where the girls will face Louisiana. If the girls win the Southwest Regional tournament, they will advance to the Little League World Series in Portland, Oregon. With the success of our softball program, we are looking to offset the costs for Little League and our parents of the State Champion Major Softball Team when they compete in the Regional Tournament in Waco, Texas. We have started a Go Fund Me Page registered under Columbus Little League to accept any donations. All of the money that is collected will be given to the Columbus Little League. This is a once in a lifetime experience for the girls and your generosity is greatly appreciated. Donations can also be given directly to Phillip Garcia at 5 Oak Construction on 906 Milam Street Columbus, Texas 78934.
Information Courtesy of Major Softball Coaches